IThe mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The
great teacher inspires - William Arthur Ward
try and learn something new each day. My dad always said, “The day you stop learning is the day you die,” and I’ve lived by that for most of my 35 years.
I’ve been learning a lot lately. For instance, I learned on Sunday that if you don’t get the thick snow off the top of your mini van, even though you can’t reach it by jumping and looking foolish to all passers-by, it will most definitely slide down the front of the vehicle while driving down College Street, blocking your vision permanently. Lesson learned, use a broom next time.
I’ve recently learned that animals can get a tapeworm from fleas, eating raw meat or eating the excrement from an animal that has a tapeworm. The main body of the worm stays attached to the lining of the animal’s digestive tract. Yuck, but I was happy to learn that we humans can’t get a tape worm from an animal unless we ingest one of the segments that finds its way out of the animal. Since I don’t ever expect to be eating anything wormish or anything where a worm segment is, having this knowledge makes me less squeamish in a tapeworm conversation. Mind you, if your animal has fleas and you happen to chow down on one of those fleas infected with tapeworm, well, you’re not so safe. Knowledge is power. Having that knowledge removed a fear I had.
There’s learning going on all around me. Bella’s puppies are now going on 6 weeks old. Bella was one of the original five dogs I helped rescue from death up North in Quebec. She had the puppies on New Year’s Day. To date, all but one of her puppies has found a new home, and they will be ready to go to next week. Their puppy antics provide hours of entertainment. As they play until one yelps, as they are scolded by their mother for trying to drink milk, as they pounce on one of my big dogs, they are learning. A puppy will drink from its mother until about 5 weeks, after that, it’s all social skills they are learning. Valuable skills that will help define that dog. As the puppies learn and play in the living room, I look out my back window and see my boys doing the same rituals outside in the snow. One pounces on the other and the other yells, “ouch”. It starts out as a fun snow hill-shoving match until someone gets hurt. Pushing those limits is how they learn. They learn their strength, they learn their boundaries and they also are teaching and learning respect.
Learning should be fun. I can enlighten you on a few events, but you will have to experience them to learn from them what you will.
-You’re never too old or young to learn. Every second Monday (the next will be held on February 21st), seniors are meeting to learn the two-step or practice the fox trot as their peers play the music necessary for the steps. “I just enjoy doing it,” says the dance’s organizer of 14 years Alberta Everett. “People can come and dance or they can come and just listen to the music.” There’s nothing required to attend the 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. gatherings at the Jen’s Len is published by the Stanstead Journal and edited by Jennifer Young. Email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Stanstead Journal at 819.876.7514
Amedee Beaudoin Community Centre. “Just show up,” says Everett. Visitors are asked to give a donation at the door. The donations have habitually been handed to the Lennoxville Elementary School Music Department. “Last year, $300 was donated to the school,” Everett says. “Maybe one day, the students in the class will come and play music during our dances.” For more information, call Everett at 819-823-2059.
-Like dogs, we as humans tend to learn in a pack-like setting as well and this Saturday will give you ample learning experiences at the annual Winter Fun Day at the Old Lennoxville Golf Course. As tradition will have it, CJMQ will be on hand providing live music, the kids will have numerous outdoor and indoor games and activities and moms and dads can jump on a sled and slide as a family. The event starts at 10 a.m. and families can mingle and have fun until 3 p.m. New this year, public transport to the event has been organized. A bus to the Golf Course will leave Provigo every hour starting at 12:05 p.m. A bus will leave from the Saint Francis Manor every hour starting at 12:15 p.m., and starting at 12:25 p.m. transport will run every hour from the Depanneur on Oxford. If you are downtown and would like to take advantage of the transport service, be at SWM Peinture at 12:35 p.m. every hour until 3:35 p.m.